Laura Reynolds made her season’s debut at the IAAF Permit Meeting in Podebrady, Czech Republic on Saturday when she finished sixth in the 20K event in a good time of 94.24.
It was a good opening start by the Mohill athlete who was hampered by some stomach discomfort in the second half of the race and her next outing is likely to be the World Cup in China in a few weeks.
Leitrim and Mohill had a second competitor in this prestigious competition as Dearbhaile Beirne was included in the small Irish team which included Colin Griffin as a coach. However, the Mohill girl fell foul of the judges after finishing an excellent runner up to Vanessa Tomei (24.31) of Italy in a time of 24.51 for the 5K Youths event after a fast final lap.
However, there was success for Mohill & District AC in Claremorris as Eoin Gaffey, representing St. Manchan’s, won the new Connacht Primary Schools 6th Class Walk title last Saturday. Eoin was the only Leitrim competitor in action on the day.
LOUGH RYNN 10K
The Lough Rynn 10K roadrace under AAI Rules takes place this Good Friday at 5 pm. Other upcoming events include the Leitrim Primary Schools Championships in Manorhamilton on Sunday May 4. The Connacht Schools Regional Championships is scheduled to take place at Sligo IT on Wednesday April 30.
The Leitrim Athletics Collection takes place this coming weekend, April 19/20, except in the Ballinamore and Carrigallen areas where it is scheduled for two weeks later.
BALLINAMORE AC AGM
The AGM of Ballinamore AC takes place in Ballinamore Sports Hall on Wednesday April 23, at 9 pm. The Club celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year which will provide an added attraction to the meeting since there will be time given to planning celebrations.
EDDIE LEDDY INDUCTED INTO KTC HALL OF FAME
Former Ballinamore AC athlete and Leitrim’s first Olympian Eddie Leddy was inducted into the Knoxville Track Club Hall of Fame on Thursday last. Eddie represented Ireland in the 3000m steeplechase at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and in both the 10,000m and 5000m at the 1976 Montreal Games.
Eddie holds the unique record of being the only athlete to win two All Ireland Schools Cross Country titles on the same day when he won the All Ireland Intermediate and Senior titles within a short time of each other in the Phoenix Park in March 1968.